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Researcher Development Framework

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development tool, developed by Vitae, to help researchers at all stages of their careers to understand the knowledge, attributes and skills required to succeed as a professional researcher in Higher Education or beyond.

Empirical data, collected from interviews with researchers, underpins the RDF, and it therefore offers a real insight into what professional researchers and academics believe is needed to progress in a research career.

Using the RDF

The Humanities Faculty Researcher Development Team uses the RDF to design the development opportunities on offer each academic year. We would also encourage you to use the RDF to determine which of those opportunities are most appropriate for you at different points in your research career.

You may also want to use the RDF to discuss your professional development with your PI or Supervisor in order to ensure that your plans are in line with what is expected both in relation to your project or thesis, and to your broader career aims.

Researcher Development Framework

The RDF identifies the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers